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Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry (500 Series) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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It is a lovely way to begin a new series of Lark books by dedicating it to rings. Rings say so much and in so many ways. They join people in marriage, they commemorate other important occasions, they even serve as seals or crests.
Showcase 500 rings not only gathers together a great collection of classically designed yet modern rings, it also offers the reader the latest creations from the greatest, innovative studio galleries.
As juror Bruce Metcalf explains in his introduction, there is a movement going on right now which validates any and all sorts of materials. This book will show you what he means. Not only are there rings in gold and other precious metals, there are also rings fashioned from all sorts of other materials. There is even a collection of rings which have been made of dried, hand dyed, and hand carved potatoes! And these potato rings (by Julie Usel) are not alone in their unusual nature, in this book. There is nothing which hasn't been chosen which is not worthy to be in this glorious book. You will see silver and gold and gemstones and glass enamel, and you will also see anodized aluminum which has been crocheted and fused. You will be moved by a ring which is almost spiritual in its sensibility, namely "Nest" by Euyoung Park, which is fabricated of resin, ink, and paper only.Read more ›
Especially if you are a jewelry designer- BUY THIS BOOK! It's a definite must-have for your studio's library of go-to inspiration for generating fresh and innovative ideas. The less 'wearable' pieces really get my creative juices flowing while the more traditional pieces still play with composition and symmetry, color choices and imaginative techniques. Every time I flip through this book, I find something new that makes me smile or say, "Why didn't I think of that?"
This is now definitely in my top 5 favorite books for jewelry design inspiration. I highly recommend it. Truly stunning work.
Like most other "Lark Carfts" books, the pictures are top quality and could easily be used to teach product photography.
NOTE: The publisher provided me a copy of this book to review, but that in way influences my rating or comments.
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Pretty amazing collection of conceptual rings. I bought this book as inspiration, and it's providing plenty of thatPublished 11 months ago by M. Jaress
Beautiful reference book. Great for design inspiration.Published 16 months ago by Fletcher MacDonald
This book is from Lark Crafts' "500 Series." And if you are looking for the absolute state-of-the-art in ring design, whether as a jeweler, costumer, aesthete, or jewelry lover,... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Hello Happy
This book is a waste. Inspirational, I think not unless you like "jewelry" made from dryer lint and other dreck. I am glad I bought it used because was a waste of money.Published on August 10, 2012 by designer